[December 21, 2017 – Newark, NJ] Newark Public Schools (NPS) and the Newark Board of Education honored state football champions Malcolm X Shabazz High School and state football finalists Weequahic High School at the Board meeting on Tuesday night.
Superintendent of Newark Public Schools Christopher D. Cerf said, “Both high schools have brought great honor to the sports programs and to the city of Newark with their successful football seasons this year. Thank you to the players, the coaches, the parents, the teachers and everyone who has contributed to a successful season for both teams.”
In addition to remarks from the Superintendent, Board Chair Marques Aquil-Lewis spoke, in addition to Principals, Athletic Directors, Head Coaches and Student Athletes from both schools. Assistant Superintendent Roger León thanked Shabazz representatives Principal Damon Holmes, Elizabeth Aranjo, Darnell Grant and Michael Fields. Speaking on behalf of Weequahic were Principal Andre Hollis, Gary Westberry, Brian Logan and Quaison Home.
Shabazz Student Athlete Michael Fields said, “On behalf of my brothers and teammates, I am proud of how far we have come and how we have worked together to achieve what we did this season, thank you. Weequahic Student Athlete Quaison Home said, “Although we didn’t win the championship, we came far and we did it together, particularly with a lot of underclassmen. I congratulate Shabazz on their win.”